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Cape Cod Architectural Gem with Wonderful Water View

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Last updated: 10/20/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Barnstable house description

--Imagine yourself rocking on the 2nd floor screened porch, watching the sun go down over the marsh, sea, and dunes.
--Imagine yourself eating dinner with friends and family in a beautiful great-room under soaring, white rafters.
--Imagine yourself relaxing in a home that is the perfect combination of beach-house casual and vacation elegance.
--Our year-round home has striking views over Barnstable Harbor and an original design from an award-winning team of architects.
--The classic, shingled exterior and light, airy interior makes a classy, cozy winter hideaway or a relaxed, summer cottage.
--Upstairs, a living room, dining room, and fully-equipped kitchen form a 'great room' with cathedral ceiling, heated by wood burning stove.
--Our charming sunroom, den, screened porch, and deck provide indoor and outdoor living areas.
--Tiny cabin/playhouse with deck in the woods.
--Outdoor shower, as well as two full bathrooms.
--Right off of 6A on the bay (north) side, we're a short drive to public beaches, historic Barnstable Village and Hyannis.

The Story of an Upside-Down House: When we first found the property that now houses our architectural gem, the place was an overgrown briar patch without any apparent view of anything. But at the top of a tree at the highest point, we discovered a gorgeous vista of marsh and sea. An unusual idea was born: why not make the house upside-down, with the main indoor and outdoor living areas/master bedroom on the top floor and the other bedrooms/living areas on the bottom?

The stunning result: beautiful views from the upstairs living room and kitchen, which make a 'great room' with a cathedral ceiling, and from the 2nd floor screened porch off the living room, from where, drink in hand, we can watch the sun go down over the marshes. The great room was designed to give a feeling of space and light to the major living space of the house. The ceiling beams lift the eye upwards towards a ventilating cupola at the top of the space.

Outside, there is a large, grassy lawn, some sunny, some shady, with lots of room for outdoor games (badminton, croquet, etc.). Outdoor seating areas include a two-person hammock strung between two trees, second floor screened porch, back deck with grill, and newly built playhouse with wrap around deck in a wooded side yard overlooking the vernal pool.

For more information, renter reviews, and photos, please visit our house website at

The house is equipped with all amenities to make your stay comfortable.

* Quiet location with great view (large, wooded lot on a quiet cul-de-sac with a view over upper reaches of Barnstable Harbor.
* Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms (4 with queens, as well as an additional twin bed in 2 of the bedrooms, plus full-size futon in the sunroom). Baby crib, high chair available.
* In- and outdoor bathing facilities (2 full baths and an outdoor 'after-swim' shower).
* Fully equipped kitchen (including microwave, dishwasher, etc.; gas grill on deck.
* Classy and comfortable atmosphere (wood-burning stove in the living room); central air conditioning; dining room table and chairs for up to 10; eat-in, furnished screened porch; and oak floors/oriental rugs throughout).
* Entertainment/Communication (TV/DVD, DSL with Wi-Fi, CD player; computer/printer available; long distance phone).
* A variety of books, indoor and outdoor games, puzzles, toys, beach equipment provided. Lots of stuff for kids!
* Washing facilities (washer, dryer, ironing board and clothes line)

Property Type

  • House
  • 2300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Groups
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            No teenaged groups...moreless

          • Singles
          • Children Welcome:

            We are very child-friendly. In addition to many games, books and toys, we have a high chair, baby gates, portocrib, playhouse, etc....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

          • Master: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


          • Two bedrooms on the first floor are each equipped with both a queen and a single bed. The other first floor bedroom has a queen bed. The master bedroom (and bath) is on the second (living) floor and has one queen sized bed. For extra guests, there is a double bed futon in the sun room. There is also a portable crib, a high chair, stroller, child-sized table and chairs, baby gates, and other child-proofing features....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom: outdoor shower


          • Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower


          • Bathroom: toilet, shower


          • Two full baths, including a master bath with separate shower and a bathtub (great for reading). In addition, an outdoor shower is good both for getting sand off after a trip to the beach or for bathing under clear skies or the stars....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • The master bedroom and bath, a fully equipped kitchen and great room (living/dining area) with cozy window seat and wood stove, as well as a wonderful screened porch are on the second floor. The first floor contains the other three bedrooms, bathroom, living room with TV/DVD, and sun room; there are many puzzles, board games, books (both children and adult) and toys provided. French doors open onto a large wooden deck with gas grill, table and chairs. The full basement contains ping pong table, extra kitchen supplies, beach equipment (coolers, boogie board, beach chairs, pails/shovels, etc.) washer/dryer, and ironing board. There is a large yard with hammock and plenty of room for yard games provided (croquet, badminton, volleyball, etc.), as well as an outdoor 'after-swim' shower. We have recently built an adorable cabin/playhouse with a wrap-around deck. The house is safe and child-friendly. While the house is exceptionally well ventilated, we also have central AC if needed....moreless


              • Books:

                Books for children of all ages, as well as adults, are available. ...moreless

              • Books For Adults
              • Books For Kids
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games:

                Two closets full of kid and adult games and puzzles are provided. ...moreless

              • Games For Kids
              • Music Library:

                An eclectic collection of CDs is available, which includes classical, folk, jazz, etc. ...moreless

              • Ping Pong Table
              • Radio
              • Satellite / Cable:

                We provide HD Cable service....moreless

              • Stereo:

                We have a Bose radio/CD player....moreless

              • Television:

                The house has two flat screen TVs....moreless

              • Toys:

                There are a variety of toys for all ages provided....moreless

              • Video Library:

                There is a small video collection....moreless


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Autumn Foliage
              • Bay/Sound
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Forests
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Pond
              • Restaurants
              • Synagogues

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Horseback Riding
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching

              Location Type

              • Beach:

                There are several beaches within a ten minute drive....moreless

              • Beach View:

                The sand dunes of Sandy Neck can be seen in the distance. The shifting light on the marsh and dunes is often magical. ...moreless

              • Near The Ocean:

                The National Seashore is a protected ocean-front park. ...moreless

              • Resort:

                Cape Cod is a noted New England resort area, with a temperate climate, physical beauty, access to beaches, and a wide variety of outdoor activities....moreless

              • Village:

                The house is between the villages of West Barnstable and Barnstable, both of which are cute and scenic. Our house is located right off of historic 6A, The Old King's Highway....moreless

              • Water View:

                Our house has a beautiful and tranquil view, with ever changing light and tides, over Barnstable Harbor and Cape Cod Bay...moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Ice Skating
              • Pier Fishing
              • Roller Blading
              • Sailing
              • Snorkeling
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Surf Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Water Tubing
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining:

                There is a separate dining room with a comfortable and large table, as well as a window seat, with a wonderful bird feeder outside....moreless

              • Dining Room
              • Seating for 10 people


              • Activities Guide
              • Air Conditioning:

                Central air conditioning is available if needed....moreless

              • Alarm Clock
              • Baby Gate
              • Basic Soaps
              • Clothes Dryer:

                There is a large capacity clothes dryer. ...moreless

              • Computer Available:

                We provide access to a desktop computer and printer....moreless

              • Filtered Water
              • Firewood
              • Free Local Calls
              • Free Long Distance:

                We have free long distance phone service throughout the US and Canada....moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                There is forced air heating throughout the house. ...moreless

              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Laundry Soap
              • Linens Provided:

                All linens are provided. ...moreless

              • Living Room:

                The second floor living room has two sofas, a large easy chair, and 2 rockers--very comfortable. The first floor living room has a sofa and two chairs, as well as a desk. ...moreless

              • Local Activities Guide
              • Local Maps
              • Local Restaurant Guide
              • PC
              • Paper Towels
              • Parking:

                There is parking for several cars in the parking area, off street. ...moreless

              • Parking Off Street
              • Printer
              • Shampoo
              • Telephone:

                Landline is available, with three extensions...moreless

              • Thermos Bottle
              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided:

                All bath, kitchen and beach towels are provided. ...moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                There is a large capacity washing machine, with detergent provided....moreless

              • Wireless Internet
              • Wood Stove:

                The wood burning stove in the second floor living room heats the entire floor and is wonderfully cozy. ...moreless


              • 4 Ring Stove
              • Blender
              • Coffee Grinder
              • Coffee Maker:

                We have several coffee makers, including a drip coffee maker and a Nespresso....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher:

                Very quiet....moreless

              • Freezer
              • Garbage Disposal
              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen:

                The kitchen is fully equipped and is open to the livingroom and diningroom, making for easy communication. ...moreless

              • Lobster Pot
              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items:

                Spices, condiments, tea, coffee provided....moreless

              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Stove
              • Toaster:

                Toaster oven...moreless


              • Beach Chairs
              • Beach Towels
              • Bicycles:

                Bicycles may be available, by prior arrangement. ...moreless

              • Binoculars
              • Boat With Paddles
              • Canoe
              • Deck / Patio:

                The deck has several chairs and a dining table/chairs. ...moreless

              • Deck Furniture
              • Golf:

                There is a golf course one mile away, and several others locally....moreless

              • Inflatable Boat
              • Kayak / Canoe:

                We have a couple of kayaks available for your use, by prior arrangement. ...moreless

              • Large Cooler
              • Lawn / Garden:

                The lawn is quite large and can accomodate games, such as croquet, volleyball, etc. For hanging out on the lawn we have a two person hammock, Adirondack chairs, a front porch bench, and a playhouse....moreless

              • Outdoor Furniture
              • Outdoor Grill:

                We have a propane grill on the deck. ...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill Gas
              • Porch / Veranda:

                Screened porch has a number of comfortable chairs, a glider and a love seat, as well as a table for dining. ...moreless

              • Porch Furniture
              • Screen Porch / Veranda
              • Small Cooler
              • Tennis:

                A number of courts are available to the public at the Cape Cod Community College one mile away....moreless

              • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
              • Water Sports Gear:

                Boogie board, sand pails, etc....moreless

              • Wood Deck
              • Yard


              Write a review 5
              from 4 traveler reviews
              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Late Fall
              Sep 16 - Oct 31
              3 night min stay
              Nov 1 - Apr 30
              3 night min stay
              Early Spring
              May 1 - May 30
              3 night min stay
              Late Spring-early June
              Jun 1 - Jun 15
              3 night min stay
              Late Spring-late June
              Jun 16 - Jun 30
              3 night min stay
              Summer: July and August
              Jul 1 - Aug 31
              3 night min stay
              Early Fall
              Sep 1 - Sep 15
              3 night min stay
              My Standard Rate
              3 night min stay

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
              • Taxes Not included


              Generally, we request half the rental amount at the time of contract by check, with the balance due one month before rental. However, we are flexible, depending on circumstances.

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              Last updated: 10/20/2014
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              5 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              3 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              Barnstable Tavern
              5 Miles
              Nearest Ferry
              Hyannis to Nantucket
              1 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              5 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Hyannis to Boston/Boston to Hyannis
              1 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Exit 6 on U.S. Route 6
              2 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              The Dolphin, Barnstable Tavern, Nirvana
              5 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              Sandy Neck Beach

              Car: Necessary

              Located on the north shore of lovely Cape Cod, the house is close to beaches, boating, and historic sites.

              Nearby historic Barnstable Village is an old-time small town--eat breakfast at the Village Landing Restaurant, dine on fine seafood at The Dolphin, or visit the Barnstable Market for some penny candy, deli sandwiches, fresh produce, specialty groceries, etc. At the marina, you'll find the embarkation point for fishing expeditions and whale-watching cruses. If you have time before your cruise, visit the fish market cafe window for the freshest, most delicious crabcakes around.

              Many beaches of all sorts are within easy driving distance. Choose among beach experiences ranging from the warm tidepools of Dennis Beach to the cold, crashing waves of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

              Throughout the area, historic sites evoke the colonial history of Cape Cod. The main road near the house, historic Route 6A, maintains its old-world charm and is a veritable tour-route of centuries-old houses and other buildings.

              Golf: There is a golf course within a five minute drive, and many other golf courses on Cape Cod


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2000

              About the owner: This house was designed and built in 2001 with a goal of creating a treehouse atmosphere that captures all the views and breezes. Having now lived full time in the house for three years (except when traveling), my husband and I can attest to the fact that it is extremely comfortable and livable house in a gorgeous area.

              Why the Owner Chose Barnstable:
              I grew up on Cape Cod, in Barnstable, every summer during childhood and never tire of its charms. While all of Cape Cod is beautiful, our location, right off of Rte 6A (the Old King's Highway) is ideal for easy access to all areas. We have really come to appreciate the quiet and natural beauty of this area during the off season.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              This house has been enjoyed by renters for more than 10 years. Satisfied guests have told us that it is a wonderful house for family and friend reunions and gatherings, as well as a great setting for children, as it is away from the road, has a large lawn and playhouse, as well as a multitude of indoor and outdoor games and toys. Please see the house website at to see a compilation of visitor comments from our guestbook.

              Contact us

              Speaks: english, german



              • Front view

                Front view

              • Living room

                Living room

              • Dining room, with window seat overlooking birdfeeder.

                Dining room, with window seat overlooking birdfeeder.

              • Kitchen


              • Screened porch

                Screened porch

              • Master bedroom, 2nd floor.

                Master bedroom, 2nd floor.

              • From the driveway

                From the driveway

              • Side view, including outdoor shower

                Side view, including outdoor shower

              • One of the three downstairs bedrooms

                One of the three downstairs bedrooms

              • Upstairs bathroom

                Upstairs bathroom

              • Little house with wrap around deck nestled in woods

                Little house with wrap around deck nestled in woods

              • View out the living room window

                View out the living room window

              • Main house, little house, and hammock

                Main house, little house, and hammock

              • Great room (living room, dining room and kitchen, with ventilating cupola above.

                Great room (living room, dining room and kitchen, with ventilating cupola above.

              • Kitchen


              • Our view of Barnstable Harbor & Sandy Neck.

                Our view of Barnstable Harbor & Sandy Neck.

              • Back deck

                Back deck

              • Sunroom, 1st floor

                Sunroom, 1st floor

              • Front yard

                Front yard

              • Back view with screened porch and spiral staircase to deck with barbeque

                Back view with screened porch and spiral staircase to deck with barbeque

              • Downstairs bathroom

                Downstairs bathroom

              • Upstairs bathroom

                Upstairs bathroom

              • Little house, interior

                Little house, interior

              $150 - $400 per night (USD)

              4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 10

              View calendar: Updated 10/20/14
              Minimum stay: 3 nights
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              Member since: 2004
              Speaks: english, german
              • Calendar last updated 10/20/2014
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